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by bigshot
Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel Edition Brilliant Classics 65 CDs for $21
Replies: 53
Views: 8018

Re: Handel Edition Brilliant Classics 65 CDs for $21

I got my Handel box. And I even got a dollar refunded because the price went even lower than when I ordered it.
by bigshot
Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel Edition Brilliant Classics 65 CDs for $21
Replies: 53
Views: 8018

Re: Handel Edition Brilliant Classics 65 CDs for $21

The Czech Dvorak set was the same as this... super low price, then it fell into limbo, but eventually I got my order. Make sure you keep your Amazon email receipt, and screen cap it to document the cover image. I bought a DVD set once where they tried to change a six disk box into a one disk box aft...
by bigshot
Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any of you have noteworthy classical music memorabilia?
Replies: 21
Views: 2838

Re: Any of you have noteworthy classical music memorabilia?

I have a very nice autographed photo of Stokowski from 1927. It's a photo I've never seen anywhere else too.
by bigshot
Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould v. Beethoven
Replies: 10
Views: 1361

Re: Glenn Gould v. Beethoven

Some of it works, in strange ways. I still play the first movement of Gould's Appassionata and marvel at the way he has been able to deconstruct the music and put it back together to make credible musical sense and play it with 'passion'. if you hadn't heard the Appassionata before you would probab...
by bigshot
Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel Edition Brilliant Classics 65 CDs for $21
Replies: 53
Views: 8018

Re: Handel Edition Brilliant Classics 65 CDs for $21

I have over a dozen Brilliant Classics box sets and they are almost always good, very often quite great. The idea that box sets are assembled from scraps off the cutting room floor of obscure Eastern European orchestras just plain doesn't apply any more. Recordings that were full price just ten year...
by bigshot
Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do ACOUSTIC 78-rpm vocal treasures appeal to YOU?
Replies: 18
Views: 2745

Re: How do ACOUSTIC 78-rpm vocal treasures appeal to YOU?

If it was given to him by HMV, it was probably a Victor Credenza, which looked like this... http://www.victor-victrola.com/Credenza143.jpg The Brunswick Panatrope Cortez was the phonograph that British royalty owned. I feel royal whenever I play it! The Credenza was the most popular phonograph desig...
by bigshot
Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do ACOUSTIC 78-rpm vocal treasures appeal to YOU?
Replies: 18
Views: 2745

Re: How do ACOUSTIC 78-rpm vocal treasures appeal to YOU?

Never tried them, but I'm told they are pretty much the same thing as fiber or bamboo.
by bigshot
Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do ACOUSTIC 78-rpm vocal treasures appeal to YOU?
Replies: 18
Views: 2745

Re: How do ACOUSTIC 78-rpm vocal treasures appeal to YOU?

It all depends on the age of the recording. Acoustic records usually sound better on acoustic phonographs. Early electricals are good on either kind of player. By 1940, the bass was recorded well enough that electrical transcription has a clear advantage. The introduction of hifi around 1950 blew ac...
by bigshot
Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do ACOUSTIC 78-rpm vocal treasures appeal to YOU?
Replies: 18
Views: 2745

Re: How do ACOUSTIC 78-rpm vocal treasures appeal to YOU?

I love 78s, but the acoustic and early electrical ones sound MUCH better on an acoustic phonograph than in modern electrical transcription. I owned a CD company releasing historical recordings and I would slave away at the computer trying to recreate the great sound I got from my acoustic phonograph...
by bigshot
Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz megabox slated for October release
Replies: 15
Views: 1598

Re: Horowitz megabox slated for October release

Horowitz was a pianist who had a considerable amount of spontaneity. Live performances, even of the same work, would still be interesting to me.
by bigshot
Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus
Replies: 18
Views: 2244

Re: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus

There is more to Heaven and Earth...
by bigshot
Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus
Replies: 18
Views: 2244

Re: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus

I was talking specifically about Rings on blu-ray and DVD. With an HD projection system and good 5.1 sound, blu-rays can offer an entirely new way of enjoying opera. The Ring is the perfect candidate for blu-ray release, because it requires such vast resources to stage. I thought you had seen the Va...
by bigshot
Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus
Replies: 18
Views: 2244

Re: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus

Mehta's Rhinegold is a million times better than the first Levine one. That was the most lugubrious performance I've ever suffered through. The only thing about the Mehta Ring that I don't like are the costumes. They are pretty ugly, particularly in the first act of Walkure. But the music and singin...
by bigshot
Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus
Replies: 18
Views: 2244

Re: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus

This is a great Ring. The singing is solid without any obvious miscasting... try to find that in a modern Ring! Mehta's conducting is fantastic and the orchestra gives it their all. Listen to the overture to Walkure. I haven't heard it conducted that well since Walter. The sets and cherry pickers ar...
by bigshot
Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner journeys
Replies: 18
Views: 2472

Re: Bruckner journeys

There is a very good Wand cycle on DVD. It's fun to be able to watch classical performances as well as listen to them. It gives you added respect for Wand too. He is in total control.
by bigshot
Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does the late Wolfgang Sawallisch fare in your lineup?
Replies: 23
Views: 2313

Re: How does the late Wolfgang Sawallisch fare in your lineu

When I think of the typical straightforward kappelmeister conductors... Sawallisch, Bohm, Wand... Sawallisch is a little different, because he is more no nonsense. Bohm and Wand had a little bit of a lilt to their conducting. The music danced a little more. Sawallisch is good, but the music rarely c...
by bigshot
Fri Mar 13, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does the late Wolfgang Sawallisch fare in your lineup?
Replies: 23
Views: 2313

Re: How does the late Wolfgang Sawallisch fare in your lineu

The best I can muster for him as a description is "sturdy". His Wagner is OK. His Mendelssohn symphonies (which I keep ending up with in box sets) are not. He managed to sap all the fun out of Stokowski transcriptions, even when he was playing them with the PO. I consider him a "placeholder conducto...
by bigshot
Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Has Anyone Heard of This?
Replies: 6
Views: 741

Re: Has Anyone Heard of This?

I got a good one once... The cover was Myron Floren's Polka Classics and the CD inside was the Sex Pistols. I'm probably the only person in the world that likes both Myron Floren AND the Sex Pistols, so I wasn't disappointed.
by bigshot
Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The highest price you've paid for a CD?
Replies: 13
Views: 1625

Re: The highest price you've paid for a CD?

The only thing I've spent a lot on was a multichannel SACD of Donald Fagen's The Nightfly from Japan. I think that was about $65. But I don't pay big prices for classical music. There's too many great legacy releases at a couple of dollars a disk in box sets, and I really am not that interested in m...
by bigshot
Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hitler Exports His Jews to the USA
Replies: 29
Views: 1669

Re: Hitler Exports His Jews to the USA

because autism.
by bigshot
Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparing Recent Recordings to Old Favorites
Replies: 25
Views: 2001

Re: Comparing Recent Recordings to Old Favorites

I can understand the value of correct tempo and rhythmic precision, but Mahler isn't the place that I demand that. The music requires a certain freedom to open up the emotional level of the music. Emotional phrasing isn't the same thing as undisciplined at all. I don't have any ideal for Mahler perf...
by bigshot
Sat Dec 13, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 14 Hour Collection of Classic Singers on Blu-ray
Replies: 0
Views: 642

14 Hour Collection of Classic Singers on Blu-ray

I've been waiting for this one! Classic Archive: Voices http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51N6c434kHL.jpg 14 hours of recitals and television broadcasts featuring Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Gundula Janowitz, Regine Crespin, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Rita Streich, Julia Varady Boris Christoff, Theres...
by bigshot
Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ed Sullivan Great Moments in Opera
Replies: 1
Views: 424

Ed Sullivan Great Moments in Opera

I was watching the compilation of opera clips from the Ed Sullivan Show on Hulu last night. It's a who's who of singers... Nilsson, Callas, Pons, Price, Sutherland, etc. But the two that impressed me the most were Anna Moffo and Robert Merrill. Wonderful singing and acting. If you have Hulu, check i...
by bigshot
Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hi-Fi guru Harry Pearson dead
Replies: 6
Views: 1598

Re: Hi-Fi guru Harry Pearson dead

Subjectivism partnered with elitism are a great way to never really understand the world around you. Home audio works in predictable and consistent ways. Human perception is also pretty well understood. If you know how that cable works, and you know what the limitations of your hearing are, you can ...
by bigshot
Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: balakirov or miakovsky
Replies: 48
Views: 7119

Re: balakirov or miakovsky

I'll vote Miakovsky. I think he was hugely influential on classic movie soundtracks. His symphonies are prototypes for the great music you hear in movies from the 40s and 50s.
by bigshot
Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please, please, please!!!
Replies: 32
Views: 4304

Re: Please, please, please!!!

This is his forum. You're in his house enjoying his hospitality. You don't go over to someone's house and drink their booze and eat their food and call them a Nazi. If you do, you deserve to be booted to the curb.
by bigshot
Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Amazon Classical Music Forum Slaps Our Faces............!
Replies: 97
Views: 6952

Re: Amazon Classical Music Forum Slaps Our Faces............

John plays the organ Heck the bassoon Diego is musician Joe Patris, Donald Isler, Harris all play piano. Karl Henning is a Composer, so is Iced Note. Guitarist is, I wonder what? Maestro is a Conductor John F knows more than anyone I know about classical music, seriously, he does. Lance has tuned m...
by bigshot
Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please, please, please!!!
Replies: 32
Views: 4304

Re: Please, please, please!!!

Personally, I have no objection to the Admin delete button being hit in extreme cases, and the ban tool being used if someone can't restrain themselves enough to keep simple conversations from spinning out of control. This is just an internet forum. It isn't the Supreme Court. People need to keep it...
by bigshot
Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Feast of Pure Ridiculousness
Replies: 12
Views: 1421

Re: Feast of Pure Ridiculousness

My pop used to jokingly say his favorite composer was Wolfgang von Beethoven. But he was just being cute.
by bigshot
Sat Nov 08, 2014 2:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hey - I should have the new Bernstein Box 2 by Monday!
Replies: 22
Views: 2377

Re: Hey - I should have the new Bernstein Box 2 by Monday!

The one I want is the 1946 Ravel. Great performance and fine mono sound on that one.
by bigshot
Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hey - I should have the new Bernstein Box 2 by Monday!
Replies: 22
Views: 2377

Re: Hey - I should have the new Bernstein Box 2 by Monday!

I thought he was loved in New York and got more criticism later. I wasn't paying attention to classical music back then though. Shrug.
by bigshot
Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hey - I should have the new Bernstein Box 2 by Monday!
Replies: 22
Views: 2377

Re: Hey - I should have the new Bernstein Box 2 by Monday!

Man! I don't know enough about baseball to interpret that one! I hear *more* emotion in Bernstein's later recordings rather than less. Very interesting that someone perceives it as the other way around. But whichever way around it is, criticizing Bernstein for being emotional is like criticizing the...
by bigshot
Wed Nov 05, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hey - I should have the new Bernstein Box 2 by Monday!
Replies: 22
Views: 2377

Re: Hey - I should have the new Bernstein Box 2 by Monday!

I would avoid the DGG box: Bernstein's later recordings were under-rehearsed compared to his earlier Columbia repertoire. I wouldn't attribute the difference to being under rehearsed. I think it is that later in his career, Bernstein had already hit all of the expected marks and wanted to branch ou...
by bigshot
Wed Nov 05, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hey - I should have the new Bernstein Box 2 by Monday!
Replies: 22
Views: 2377

Re: Hey - I should have the new Bernstein Box 2 by Monday!

Bernstein is one of the greatest conductors who ever lived. The fact that he was also a composer and educator is just icing on the cake. I rank him on my short list up with Stokowski, Furtwangler and Toscanini as one of the most important conductors of the 20th century.
by bigshot
Wed Nov 05, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Big Boxes - everybody's going crazy!
Replies: 73
Views: 7455

Re: Big Boxes - everybody's going crazy!

I haven't had any problems with importcds. They list things that are on back order that they never are able to get in, but after a little wait, they always credit back my paypal. Sometimes I have to let them know I am no longer willing to wait. That doesn't bother me. And they respond? Yes. I log i...
by bigshot
Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Big Boxes - everybody's going crazy!
Replies: 73
Views: 7455

Re: Big Boxes - everybody's going crazy!

I haven't had any problems with importcds. They list things that are on back order that they never are able to get in, but after a little wait, they always credit back my paypal. Sometimes I have to let them know I am no longer willing to wait. That doesn't bother me.
by bigshot
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klinghoffer
Replies: 100
Views: 5481

Re: Klinghoffer

Perhaps an opera giving fair consideration to Charles Manson's point of view!
by bigshot
Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klinghoffer
Replies: 100
Views: 5481

Re: Klinghoffer

Whether he was killed just because he was a Jew or because he spoke up for something he believed?

Killing someone for either of those reasons qualifies as murder in my book.
by bigshot
Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Big Boxes - everybody's going crazy!
Replies: 73
Views: 7455

Re: Big Boxes - everybody's going crazy!

The Pentatone Ring is different than the CD one we are talking about. I have both and the PentaTone was pretty disappointing. Sluggish. The older one on CD is better, particularly the Siegfried which is the best of his cycle. (One of the best Siegfried recordings in fact),uu
by bigshot
Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Big Boxes - everybody's going crazy!
Replies: 73
Views: 7455

Re: Big Boxes - everybody's going crazy!

Will the Ravel piano concerto be the mono version with him conducting from the piano? I believe that was Bernstein's first recording.
by bigshot
Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Amazing Blu-Ray compilation!
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: Amazing Blu-Ray compilation!

They're all available at Amazon US too!

by bigshot
Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Amazing Blu-Ray compilation!
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: Amazing Blu-Ray for those who can play Region B

OH GOOD GRIEF! There are three more in this series... Piano with Kempf, Brendel, Arrau, Michelangeli, Cziffra, Gould, Janis, Gillels, etc Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00HS7C0D8/ Track Listings: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71wUzun45qL._SL1500_.jpg Strings with Szeryng, Milstein...
by bigshot
Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Amazing Blu-Ray compilation!
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Amazing Blu-Ray compilation!

I ordered this blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk. It's unique, because it isn't in hidef. Instead, they used all the disk space to pack 14 hours of standard definition video on the disk. This one is orchestral music conducted by Stokowski, Munch, Jochum, Markevitch, Karajan, Klemperer, Giulini... A virtual ...
by bigshot
Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Seattle Ring from Asher Fisch
Replies: 17
Views: 1715

Re: New Seattle Ring from Asher Fisch

The Mehta Ring has spoiled me for CD Ring cycles now. Before with Boulez, Barenboim and the Met, I could put up with a sound only Ring and console myself that the visuals weren't important. But that was because the visuals *weren't* important in those other video Rings. Mehta's Valencia Ring takes t...
by bigshot
Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Neeme Jarvi's new disc of Massenet
Replies: 7
Views: 955

Re: Neeme Jarvi's new disc of Massenet

Jarvi is one of the rare cases where the offspring greatly exceeds the parent.
by bigshot
Fri Jul 25, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Organizing one's CD collection ... it's murder!
Replies: 17
Views: 2046

Re: Organizing one's CD collection ... it's murder!

My classical CDs are all ripped... well except for the complete Bach box I've been ripping a bit at a time. I always join tracks of symphonies and concertos to make them one single file. That way, the pieces are always together in the right order. Going to iTunes for my music instead of individual C...
by bigshot
Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Have Mercy On The Poor Man From Bologna!
Replies: 20
Views: 1355

Re: Have Mercy On The Poor Man From Bologna!

I really like Boutique Fantastique. Great piece!
by bigshot
Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where/when does the collecting cease?
Replies: 41
Views: 5628

Re: Where/when does the collecting cease?

There's never room for more of the same. But there is always room for a different approach, even if that approach is wrong. The problem isn't that there are too many... it's that there are too many of the same thing.
by bigshot
Fri May 30, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Orff: Carmina Burana recorded renditions
Replies: 14
Views: 3015

Re: Orff: Carmina Burana recorded renditions

I've never liked this one. I've tried very hard to like it and I have six or eight different recordings, but it sounds coarse and fake to me. Maybe someday the light will go on in my head and I will get it. It's happened before.
by bigshot
Wed May 28, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music critics trash and praise the same record
Replies: 11
Views: 1294

Re: Music critics trash and praise the same record

I'm not at all surprised that Deacon got fooled. He's an opinionated, surly guy with a huge ego.